§ From Elias Vander Horst
25 May 1805, Bristol. “The preceding is a Copy of m<y> last of the 28h. Ulto. the Enterprize, Capt. Congar, Via New York, since which period I have not been honored w<ith> any of your favors, nor has any thing of a Public nature part<icu>larly interesting occurred in the interval, except, what th<e> inclosed News-Papers will communicate—you will obs<erve> by them that the present moment must be an anxious one <here, > it serves however, I think, to strengthen my opinion in respe<ct to> Peace as well as to lessen the probability of a Continen<tal> Alliance which has for some time past been so eagerl<y> looked for by our War Politicians. The Season stil<l> continues very favorable & hitherto indicates approaching <plenty>.
“Understanding that it is likely West Flori<da> will soon be ceded to the American Government, & th<at> in such case it is expected British subjects possessin<g> Lands there, either by Grant or purchase, will have th<e> same confirmed to them, you will greatly oblige m<e> if you will have the goodness to favor me with such in<for>mation thereon as you may deem useful to <S>uch, claim<ants, > being myself considerably Interested therein—your kin<dness, > I flatter myself, will pardon the liberty I have taken <in> troubling you on this subject, which I certainly should <not> have done had I any other correspondent at Washingto<n>.”
RC, two copies (DNA: RG 59, CD, Bristol, vol. 2). First RC 1 p. Second RC marked “Copy.”; written above Vander Horst to JM, 23 June 1805, with Vander Horst’s note: “Original the Ship Java Capt Baker Via Baltimore”; docketed by Wagner as received 31 Aug., with his note: “to be answd.” Words and parts of words in angle brackets, obscured by binding in the first RC, are supplied from the second RC. The Java, Baker, arrived at Baltimore on 11 July (Baltimore Weekly Price Current, 18 July 1805).